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MAP: Bicycle-Related Traffic Accidents in Eagan

Eagan Patch has compiled a list of all bicycle-related traffic accidents in Eagan in 2011 and 2012.

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Eagan police have responded to at least 16 reported traffic accidents involving a bicyclist in 2011 and 2012, according to crash statistics provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

At least two of those accidents resulted in significant injuries for the bicyclist caught in the accident, according to police records. In one case, a bicyclist suffered a broken leg following a collision with a car at the intersection of Cliff Road and Cliff Drive. In another incident on May 31, a bicyclist was hospitalized with a collarbone injury following the crash. Both accidents took place near the intersection of Cliff Road and Cedar Avenue.

A handful of other incidents resulted in less severe injuries, including bruises and scrapes, according to reports.

Click on a pin on our interactive map above to see the time, date and details regarding an individual accident. Blue pins represent possible, minor injuries, red pins represent non-incapacitating injuries and green pins represent more severe, incapacitating injuries.

In 2011, there were 963 reported bicycle accidents across Minnesota, compared to 898 reported crashes the previous year, according to data provided by the Department of Public Safety. Those accidents resulted in 937 reported injuries and five fatalities statewide.

Most bicycle crashes occur between April and September, and one-third of all accidents take place during the afternoon rush hour between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to statewide statistics.  

Have you ever had a close call with a vehicle while riding a bicycle? Are there any intersections or roads in Eagan that you avoid because you believe they are dangerous? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

Kevin Bowen August 03, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Thanks David. As a person who bikes in Eagan on a regular basis, I find this information extremely useful. Kevin Bowen
Sandy martin August 03, 2012 at 02:18 PM
This is interesting - I think it would very useful to understand whether the accidents involved bicyclists on the road vs bike paths. Each has their dangers. I tend to ride on the road due to too many experiences of motorists pulling out into the cross-walk/ bike path when stopping at an intersection, especially those making a right hand turn.
Nancy Voss August 06, 2012 at 06:16 PM
As a automobile driver, bike rider, & dog walker I have been extremely disturbed that many bicyclists do not seem to think they need to follow the rules of the road. I have almost been run down while walking my dog on the sidewalk. Had them swoop by the side of my vehicle while stopped at a 4 way stop sign and almost take my mirror off. I have also witnessed several “almosts” were they almost hit the side or re-end of a vehicle. Just because you ride a bike doesn't mean you don't have to stop for stop signs, signal your turns ect. Especially those of you who seem to ride in groups. If you are on the sidewalk remember the pedestrian (walker) has the right of way. SLOW DOWN. When you are pedaling on a sidewalk you should have a whistle or something to let the walker know you are coming up from behind them. I have a friend who was hit by a bicyclist while walking on the sidewalk and had her collar bone and arm broken as he ran her over. She ended up having to pay all her own medical bills as there was no insurance by the rider (who was an adult). I personally feel that all bike riders should also have to have a license, buy insurance as many of them seem to be the cause of the accident.
Cheryl Johnson August 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I've got a cast on my arm right now from a car (coming up to make a right turn onto Pilot Knob) cutting me off in an intersection. It is usually someone who has their view blocked on their left side by their cell phone. Even so, I never ride in the road because there are even more distracted drivers and too nerve wrecking.

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